A Planning Assistance Team (PAT) from the American Planning Association studied Buzzard Point in November 2009 at the request of Ward 6 Council member Tommy Wells and the Capitol Riverfront BID, whose boundaries include the isolated waterfront neighborhood. The final report was finally released and includes a vision for how the area should be developed over the next 20-25 years. Since Fort McNair isn't going anywhere, the report focuses on the mixed-use part of the neighborhood south of the existing residential neighborhood and east of the military installation. The report admits there are constraints on this part of the neighborhood, including the PEPCO plant and the Coast Guard Headquarters building and another office building, both of which block access to the waterfront. The PAT recommends the neighborhood should be "a center for low-intensity recreational uses by area residents, visitors to the area and residents of other parts of the District, as well as an important link along the Anacostia River chain." Major points include the following:
- Increase the quality and accessibility of the Buzzard Point waterfront, while recognizing its distinctive character.
- Improve pedestrian and bicycle linkages through the area and to the water along P Street and 2nd Street.
- Preserve and upgrade existing affordable housing in area.
- Make the South Capitol Street oval a major gateway to the District, creating an iconic building on the adjacent Steuart site.
- Strengthen Potomac Avenue as the link between the area and the Southeast waterfront.
- Ensure that development of the Akridge site maximizes connectivity and economic benefits to the Buzzard Point community.
- Change the proposed streetcar alignment to better serve the Buzzard Point area.
- Develop a long-range strategy for the PEPCO property, including ultimate reuse of the historic power plant building for cultural or educational use.
Rendering of Buzzard Point neighborhood courtesy of Akridge.